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The Beginning

Updated: Jan 1, 2023


What is The Open Minded Project? Sure, we could tell you how we're an organization founded by three students with the goal to spread awareness about mental health and create a safe space for all individuals, especially those in minority communities. But what else? Why did we begin this endeavor in the space of mental health? The simple answer is a necessity.

Throughout our lives, we were often taught the importance of mental health, whether it be through the media or health classes at school. These valuable lessons allowed us to craft a mindset where we valued our mental health and didn't just push it aside. However, the reality seemed to catch up with us and we soon came to a harsh realization. The world to this day still neglects mental health. Though we were able to be educated on this necessary topic, others aren't as fortunate. Universally, mental health has been stigmatized and a topic that has been frowned upon, and though there have been great strides in spreading awareness about mental health, there is still so much left to be done.

That is where we come in. Through conversations among our team, we realized that we all shared a similar experience. An experience of being a part of a minority community. Through our backgrounds, we realized that mental health was often presented as a taboo topic in our communities. This can commonly be the case when immigrant parents may not be educated about mental health as we are today, or cultural expectations may ask for "perfection". Because of these conditions, those experiencing mental illness may not be able to receive help because of fears of shame and embarrassment.

By having these discussions and finding unity in our experiences, we knew that something had to change, and just like that The Open Minded Project was born. Our name comes from the goal to open people's minds to conversations surrounding mental health and to remove the stigma often associated with the topic. We strive to personalize our content to serve racial minorities, whose circumstances and conditions can often be unconsidered when discussing mental health. However, we remain a safe space for all, in this ongoing journey of mental health awareness. So back to the question, why did we begin this endeavor in the space of mental health? The long answer is that there is a necessity for ongoing education on mental health and to fill the gap in mental health disparity for minority communities.

Mental Illnesses/Disorders

So then, if education on mental health is such a necessity, why not have our first lesson not?

Often during conversations about mental health, the terms "mental illness" and "mental disorder" can serve as the center of the discussion. However, how many of us know what those mean?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, "mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or mental behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses can be associated with distress, and/or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities."

These two terms serve as the basis for understanding more about mental health. In the next few weeks, we will be diving into specific mental illnesses and disorders and discussing their attributes, looking at their effects on individuals and communities, breaking down the numbers, and viewing the statistics surrounding these conditions. We hope you continue to follow along in this journey, and until then here are some general statistics about mental health and a little bit of motivation for the week!

if you're stressing about the future... all you can do is take it day by day, don't doubt your ability, you are already capable of great things, trust that you will end up where you are supposed to be


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Tanveer Singh

I'm a junior in high school who enjoys watching cheesy movies, playing tennis, and spending time with friends/family. My favorite color is blue and I will never turn down a plate of stirred fried rice. I hope to pursue a career in business and to continue spreading awareness about mental health.



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